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Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) have revolutionised the automotive industry - and Mitusbishi has been at the forefront of this exciting technology right from its inception. PHEVs are economical to run, produce a low level of emissions, and seamlessly fit into your lifestyle… all while never compromising on their driving experience.

PHEVs take all the advantages of an electric vehicle (EV) and combine them with the strengths of a traditional combustion engine to create a vehicle that is greater than the sum of its parts. Full EV vehicles are purely run off battery power, often resulting in a limited driving range before needing to be recharged. PHEVs provide fuel-free freedom through their full electric mode while still being able to run its combustion engine in parallel to tap into more power, charge its battery, and travel greater distances.

When it comes to future proofing your life on the road, there’s no faulting the technology that drives PHEVs.

Mitsubishi has long led the industry in evolving and innovating the electric technology in their vehicles, and Simon Lucas Mitsubishi has been providing these services and expertise to all of Auckland. Mitsubishi's latest PHEV offerings are the pinnacle of this incredible technology in their class.

A white Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV driving down a road in a park


New Zealand is striving for a carbon footprint of net zero by 2050, and with a third of our carbon emissions coming from light vehicles, lower emission vehicles are going to play an important role in this.

The Outlander PHEV and 2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV are designed to produce extremely low emissions when compared to combustion engines.

Mitsubishi PHEVs allow you to be part of the solution without ever having to compromise on performance.


Keeping your battery charged and ready for action is easy and convenient.

Mitsubishi’s PHEVs vehicles can be charged from a standard NZ household power outlet. This means it’s just a matter of plugging in your PHEV at night allowing it to be fully charged and ready to take on the next day.

For those times where time is an issue, the Mitsubishi PHEV range can take advantage of fast charge stations, providing an 80% charge in 20-25 minutes.

Mitsubishi Diamond Advantage Warranty

Both the Outlander PHEV and 2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV are covered by the unbeatable Mitsubishi Diamond Advantage 5/10 Year Warranty. This is New Zealand’s best new car warranty and is backed up by Simon Lucas’s award-winning customer care. The Diamond Advantage Warranty for these Mitsubishi PHEVs includes:

  • 8 year/160,000km warranty specific to the drive lithium-ion battery
  • 5 year/130,000km new vehicle warranty
  • 10 year / 160,000km powertrain warranty
  • 5 year premium roadside assistance.

Find out more about Mitsubishi Diamond Advantage 5/10 Year Warranty



Outlander PHEV

With a bold and aggressive new styling, the Outlander PHEV makes a statement that it is here to pull no punches.

With one of the biggest Lithium-ion batteries in its class, coming in at a massive 20kWh, the Outlander PHEV ensures that the performance and driving experience that Outlander fans have come to expect has been improved and innovated with an electric twist. With up to seven seats, the larger luxurious Outlander utilises Mitsubishi's Super-All Wheel control to provide an incredible driving experience, while also optimising the electric technology that powers the vehicle.

The Outlander PHEV boasts an EV range of up to 84km, which is more than enough to provide most Kiwis with fuel free freedom for their daily commutes. But what if you’re ready for an adventure? The Outlander has you covered offering a combined range of up to 800km with 1.6L per 100km fuel efficiency. 

2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Cross PHEV

The punchy performance of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross also makes itself known in the latest PHEV model.

The 2.4L twin electric S-WAC configuration provides smooth and silent acceleration, while still having that “quick off the line” feeling… all while providing an incredible 2.1L per 100km fuel economy with 75% reduction in C02 emissions over a regular Eclipse Cross.

The 13.8 kWh lithium-ion battery is supported by the 94kW/199Nm 2.4L engine.

This allows it to seamlessly transition from EV mode, which provides up to 55km of petrol-free driving range, to parallel mode, which boasts a range of 660km when the electric motors are combined with the performance of the combustion engine.

How PHEV Vehicles Work

PHEVs are a fascinating step forward in the world of automotive technology. With every day that goes by, the technology behind these vehicles becomes further refined, optimised, and impressive. Mitsubishi has kept its finger on the pulse, and its latest PHEV offerings are available at Simon Lucas Mitsubishi.

If you want more information on the latest in PHEV technology on offer from Mitsubishi, call our Simon Lucas North Shore showroom today and talk to our expert staff. They will provide you with all the information you need to know about how plug-in hybrid electric vehicles work and how they can easily fit into your driving lifestyle. Contact Simon Lucas Mitsubishi today!




A PHEV is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. They combine the use of electric motors, powered by a lithium-ion battery, with a traditional combustion engine.

This allows them to run solely off their battery and electric motors for day-to-day use, but can use the combustion engine in instances where additional power is required or for extended trips. The battery is recharged by plugging the car into a power socket either at home or at a fast charge station. The battery can also reclaim power when the combustion engine is running and when the car is braking.

While both types of vehicles have both a battery and a combustion engine, their predominant source of power output is mirrored. For a classic hybrid car, the vast majority of the power generated is from the combustion engine, with the battery assisting in order to make them more fuel efficient. Because of this, they have smaller batteries that do not require charging, but offer less fuel economy and no fully electric mode. The PHEV predominantly relies on its electric motors for power with the combustion engine providing additional support. This is why the PHEV requires recharging and is capable of full electric mode for day-to-day driving unlike a traditional hybrid.

While both PHEVs and Evs need to be plugged in to be charged, there is a distinct difference - EVs do not have any combustion engine while PHEVs do. This means that EVs can be limited by their overall range that they can drive. This is in contrast to a PHEV, that while capable of driving in electric vehicle mode provides fuel free driving, it can also rely on combining its electric powered motors with its combustion engine to significantly extend its driving range.

The Mitsubishi Outlander has an EV range of up to 84km, while the 2024 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV has an EV range of up to 55km. To put that in perspective, the average daily commute in New Zealand is less than 35km, meaning both vehicles have more than enough range for the majority of Kiwis to rely solely on their battery. Please note that actual on-road fuel consumption, emissions and range will vary depending on traffic and road conditions, vehicle load, and the individuals’ driving styles.

By running the petrol engine in parallel with the electric motors, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV provides a combined range of 800km with a fuel economy of 1.6L/100km, while the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV’s combined range is 660km with a fuel economy of 2.1L/100km

The cost to charge a PHEV is dependent on the size of the battery and whether you are charging it at home or at a fast charge station. For instance, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV has a 13.8kWh battery and would take approximately 7 hours to fully charge from a standard power outlet in a New Zealand home. The cost to do this would be $3.45 if your electricity cost is 25c/kWh. Fast Charging is usually about 25c per minute, and it takes 25 minutes to charge an Eclipse Cross PHEV to 80%, meaning it's likely to cost approximately $6 to $7.

If it's not already in stock, to secure your Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at Simon Lucas Mitsubishi, all it takes is an initial down payment of $1,000 and an additional 20% once the order is confirmed with Mitsubishi Motors NZ.

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